Hear how the City of Tacoma has created sustainable landscaping displays for the public to experience. Learn ideas you can add to your own yard or garden in this interview.



Converting your existing yard into a more water-wise landscape is easier than you think. Listen to Janda’s ideas about sustainable landscaping including tips for creating a low-water, drought-resistant landscape in your own yard.

In this podcast (and on the page below), you’ll learn about several ideas for sustainable landscaping, different plants you could add to your own yard, and important drought-tolerant landscape supplies you should add to your wishlist.

This episode is meant for any gardener wanting to create or learn more about sustainable gardening.   


Sustainable Landscaping

As our climate continues to change and get warmer, it’ll be more important than ever to maintain a garden with plants that are designed to use fewer resources overall. Of course, all perennials need to be well-established for a year or two before they can be considered drought-tolerant. Luckily, there are so many ways to alter your landscape in order to use less water as well as less of other resources.

There are several beautiful drought-tolerant perennials, shrubs, grasses, groundcovers, and trees that can sustain low levels of water for many weeks at a time.


Examples of drought-tolerant plants:

  • Lavender
  • Purple Coneflower
  • ‘Autumn Joy’ Sedum

Check out our more extensive list of drought-tolerant perennials and drought-tolerant supplies below to help you along your journey to create a low-water landscape.


Important Links Related to This Podcast

City of Tacoma- Envirohouse

City of Tacoma- Workshops

City of Tacoma- Tree Coupon Program

Pierce Conservation District

USDA Plant Database

Washington Native Plant Society

King County Native Plant List




Janda’s Drought-Tolerant Plant List

Lance-Leaf Coreopsis Seeds, Yellow Flowers...

Drought-tolerant plants are not unattractive or colorless. There are so many sizes, shapes, and colors available it really is just a matter of your preference.

Adding any one of these plants below to your landscape could beautify your yard while helping save precious water.

Here are a few of our favorites with links:




Drought-Tolerant Landscape Supplies

Now that you have heard Janda talk about how Envirohouse uses drought-tolerant plants to design their landscape, below are a few tools that could help you on your journey.

Below are some recommendations to specific tools we use that will support your new sustainable landscape.

First of all, our most recommended tool is this water timer for so many reasons. It is a great tool for your drought-tolerant landscape because you can set the timer to the length or frequency you want saving you time and money. We love our Orbit water timer and we feel good knowing that we only use water as needed.




Other Recommended Supplies: 



Sustainable Landscape Books

Further your education with these great book suggestions! Each of these books below supports a sustainable landscape for your own yard.


Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens: 200 Drought-Tolerant Choices For All Climates



Lawn Gone!: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives For Your Yard



Envirohouse Videos

Watch this Envirohouse how-to video to learn how to install a rain barrel. This short video will help you save more water with these two videos! We hope it is helpful!


Envirohouse Interview Conclusion

A sustainable landscape can be achieved with some simple changes. Doing your research and choosing tough plants that are environmentally-friendly and water-wise is a great first step.

Kudos to the City of Tacoma for creating Envirohouse in Tacoma, Washington. This unique, eco-friendly oasis will enrich the public with its reverence for sustainable practices.

Now we want to hear from you!

What new ideas can you take away from this interview to use in your own yard? We would love to know so please leave us a quick comment below.




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Hear how the City of Tacoma has created sustainable landscapes and implemented green building practices into their model home open for the public to experience. Learn ideas you can add to your own yard or garden in this interview.


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Today’s Topic: 

Sustainable Landscaping

In this podcast, you’ll hear our interview with the lovely Janda from Tacoma, Washington’s Envirohouse. Learn how the City of Tacoma is doing it right with natural landscape ideas and plant suggestions you can use in your own yard!


Free Fall Season Gardening chapter from our ebook, Four-Season Gardening.

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What You’ll Learn:

  • Sustainable ideas for your yard using drought-tolerant plants.
  • Recommendations for landscape plants to purchase.
  • Links for further resources or education.


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